Upright, honest, stiff, straight (apart from his expenses) Gordon Brown has warned President Karzai, not to be corrupt!
Karzai in perfect English replied, "what is that, corrupt?"
Now Gordon was speaking from a Britsh point of view, stiff, upper lipped correctness at all times apart from gardeners fees, chauffeur fees, second home expenses, etc!
Karzai answered in Afghani terms, "there is no corruption here in Afghanistan, those in power live in absolute luxury, have an off-shore tax haven bank account, have 5 mansions spread all over the planet, actually, I have one in Knightsbridge, I love London!"
Gordon replied, "glad to have you as my neighbour Mr.President, what I really meant was if you accept bribes from Macdonalds to open up in Kabul, murder your rivals, order a fleet of Mercedes instead of Rolls Royces, that sort of thing."
Karzai replied courteously, "oh now I understand, as long as Macdonalds don't set foot in Kabul and I order a fleet of Rolls Royces that's not corrupt, yes?"
Gordon was OK with that and withdrew his threat of removing all Brit soldiers from Afghan territory and promised Karzai that conservative leader, David Cameron, would pay him a fleeting visit and could he make sure the dumb pratt would get kidnapped by the Taliban!
"No problem," answered Karzai, Gordon promptly announced the dates for the coming election to coincide with the visit!!